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Friday Favorite: #LotR

January 30th, 2015

This week my friday favorite is for Mr Chiots who is a big Lord of the Rings fan. He’s read the books, including all of the books associated with Lord of the Rings like The Silmarillion and others. In fact we have a section on a bookshelf dedicated to these books. Mr Chiots celebrated his birthday last weekend, as my gift, I put together a piece of art for him featuring 12 travel postcards made by this Esty artist.
Lord of the Rings art 2
Lord of the Rings art 3
I had a local friend make the frame from cherry wood he milled himself. By doing this it ended up being much cheaper than buying a frame this large. The finished produce is amazing, not perfect, but perfectly imperfect!
LotR travel postcard art 1
Lord of the Rings art 4
After mulling over mounting options, I finally decided to buy walnut luan to do double duty as the backing for the postcards and the back of the picture frame. It added a nice warm look and extra detail. The 2×4 foot piece was only $12 and after cutting this piece I have enough left to use for another frame.
Lord of the Rings map
Needless to say Mr Chiots loved the gift. Now I’m going to have to have my friend make a frame for the ink map of Middle Earth I drew for his birthday many years ago. They will look nice hanging together in the office.

Do you have a favorite book/movie series?

7 Comments to “Friday Favorite: #LotR”
  1. Jaye Whitney on January 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! And the map would complete the set perfectly.

    The walnut is PERFECT.

    I don’t have a favorite book movie series :(

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on January 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Those are wonderful, and the frame is a great color. You drew that map?!? It is so cool!

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    • Susy on January 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

      I did draw the map, I’ve always been really artistic. When I was a kid I spent many hours drawing. I don’t do it quite as often as I’d like, in fact this map was the last thing I drew.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on January 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Susy, I’m a science fiction kind of guy. It started way back in the 1950s with Flash Gordon when special effects were cardboard rocket ships on visible piano wires floating through the air and sparklers to simulate the engine exhaust. The best ever for a kid of 8 or 9 years old. Time passed and Buck Rogers came on the scene with better special effects. More time passed and a dynasty began in 1965 with Star Trek. The inspiration of writer Gene Roddenberry. I’m not sure it came any books but just from a mind that spawned decades of great science fiction. Still today we see remnants of the original Star Trek in the movie theatres. The legend of Gene Roddenberry lives on through space adventures on the big screen. Number one on my bucket list has always been to go into space. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to ever happen but it has been a dream of mine since childhood. It was 9:30 p.m. Houston time on July 20, 1969 when Armstrong and Aldrin put on their bulky moon suits and prepared to take the first steps on the moon ushering in the era of space exploration to another celestial body. I was about 21 at the time and was fascinated watching the TV for hours of the beginning of space travel for mankind. Now Mars is the goal with the Orion project. Oh, how wonderful it would be to be on the mission to Mars.

    Have a great Lord of the Rings gifting day.

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  4. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on January 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    That is pretty special…I appreciate his fascination.

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  5. Leighann on February 5, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Does your friend sell frames…we have a camp up in palermo and would love some frames made from wood from maine

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